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White Americans Angrier About the News Than Other Racial Groups

Jan 03, 2016

White people are angrier about current events and more pessimistic about “the American dream” than other racial groups, a new survey found.

In an online poll about anger conducted by NBC News and Esquire via SurveyMonkey, 54 percent of white Americans say they find themselves angry about the news compared to one year ago. That’s more than average of all respondents (49 percent) as well as black Americans (33 percent) and Latinos (43 percent).

More than half (54 percent) of white Americans also believe the American dream “once held true but no longer does,” while only 39 percent of black respondents agreed.

Those who said they felt angrier about current events are more likely to be Republican: 61 percent of respondents who say they’re more upset about the news identify with the GOP. Only 42 percent of Democrats say they’re angry about what’s happening in the country compared to last year.

But it’s not men who are the angriest: 53 percent of women said they felt angry about the news compared to last year, while only 44 percent of men did.

Sources of anger differ among different groups: not surprisingly, black Americans are more upset about police violence against black people than white Americans; and men tend to be angrier about global warming and marriage equality than women, who are generally angrier about police violence and campaign finance abuse.

The poll was conducted online — a form of polling that has favored Donald Trump this election more than traditional live polls.

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